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In A Carrion Death, a memorable new detective makes his debut in a gritty and evocative new series set amid the beauty and darkness of contemporary Africa.

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Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour—no body, no case.

But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.

The detective's personality and physique match his moniker. The nickname "Kubu" is Setswana for "hippopotamus"—a seemingly docile creature, but one of the deadliest on the continent. Beneath Kubu's pleasant surface lies the same unwavering resolve that makes the hippopotamus so deceptively dangerous. Both will trample everything in their path to reach an objective.

From the sun-baked riverbeds of the Kalahari to the highest offices of an international conglomerate, Kubu follows a blood-soaked trail in search of answers. Beneath a mountain of lies and superstitions, he uncovers a chain of crimes leading to the most powerful figures in the country—influential enemies who will kill anyone in their way.

A memorable detective makes his debut in this gritty, mesmerizing thriller. Set amid the beauty and darkness of contemporary Africa, A Carrion Death is the first entry in an evocative new series cutting to the heart of today's Botswana—a modern democracy threatened by unstable neighbors, poachers, and diamond smugglers. Those trying to expose the corrupt ringleaders will find themselves fighting for their lives.

"Prebble is outstanding; his accents are spot on." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review

"A first novel saturated with local color.... [Audiences] may be lured to Africa by the landscape, but it takes a great character like Kubu to win our loyalty." ---The New York Times Book Review

""More smart than bloody.... A marvelous debut." ---The Boston Globe

"Intricate plotting, a grisly sense of realism and numerous topical motifs...make this a compulsively readable novel." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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A Carrion Death

Introducing Detective Kubu

Author Michael Stanley

Narrated by Simon Prebble

Publication date Jul 21, 2008

Running time 15 hrs

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